The Hilliard Bradley football program is planning to add a highly successful coach to its staff.

Pending school board approval, Steve Trivisonno will be the Jaguars’ new offensive coordinator. He will replace Mike Owens, who stepped down after five seasons.

Trivisonno, 57, guided Mentor for 23 years before announcing his retirement after last season. He led the Cardinals to 16 postseason appearances, including four state runner-up finishes, and recorded 209 wins.

Mentor lost to Pickerington Central 28-21 in a Division I state semifinal last season and fell to the Tigers 56-28 in the 2017 state final.

Last season, Trivisonno shared state Coach of the Year honors in Division I with Groveport’s Bryan Schoonover.

Trivisonno and his wife, Pam, had plans to travel this year, but those were put on hold because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“Everything kind of changed,” Trivisonno said. “We had a lot of plans. We were going to do some traveling. We were going to go to Italy this summer and go to a bunch of games and different things. That all got thrown away by the pandemic and our daughter is having a baby and it changed a lot of plans.”

Trivisonno’s daughter, Kari, is a teacher at Memorial Middle School in Hilliard, and was contacted by Bradley coach Mike LoParo to gauge her father’s interest in joining the staff. She is due to give birth in October.

“I know Steve’s daughter really well because she teaches at Memorial, so I just reached out to her and asked her to take her dad’s pulse on this,” LoParo said. “She did and then we were in phone contact with each other. I laid everything out and showed him the ropes at Bradley.”

Another daughter, Tori, is a teacher at Grizzell Middle School in Dublin.

Trivisonno and his wife will be moving to the Hilliard area.

LoParo credited Owens for leading the offense to success during his tenure.

“He has a lot of stuff going on family-wise,” LoParo said. “There’s a lot on his plate. We agreed to part it right now and see if we reconvene later. Mike did a hell of a job for us for five years. We won a lot of football games. We appreciate his efforts and what he did. Now it’s a new chapter.”

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